But even if that was all I did, I would still be an atheist, because I would still fit the dictionary's definition of an atheist.
For the most part, dictionaries show how a word is being used at any point in time. To suggest that you are an atheist because you fit some arbitrary (and often contradictory) definition really insults your considerable intelligence, Thomas.
You are an atheist if you say you are an atheist. If you say you are not an atheist...you are not an atheist no matter how determined some atheists are to demand that you be an atheist.
The notion, for instance, that atheism requires no more than an absence of belief in any god...is an absurdity. I understand and acknowledge that the word is used that way...and is even defined that way in SOME dictionaries. But it is an absurdity nonetheless.
I am an agnostic. I am absent a belief in any gods. But because I am absent a belief in any gods...and because "an absence of belief in any gods" is used by SOME dictionaries to describe an atheist...does not make me an atheist.
Said another way: ALL atheists are absent a belief in gods, but not all people who are absent a belief in gods are atheists.
I am an agnostic...I AM NOT AN ATHEIST. But I am absent a belief in any gods.